Flood relief concerts to bring communities together

12 July 2023

A program of live music events will bring flood-impacted communities together as a show of strength and support, as they mark 12 months of recovery and rebuilding.
Band on stage in front of large crowd
The Cat Empire. Image credit: Cam Matheson/Music Victoria

31 live music gigs will be held in country pubs, regional halls and community venues across regional Victoria, supported by the Live Music for Flood Recovery Program.

Delivered by the Victorian Government in partnership with Music Victoria, the live music feast will roll out at venues from Tallarook and Pyramid Hill, to Rochester, Euroa and more between July and October.

This follows successful events in Seymour, Shepparton, Kerang and North Wangaratta featuring the likes of Vika & Linda, Greg Champion and The Cat Empire, alongside local artists.

On Saturday 14 October, the Rochester community are invited to come together for Rochella – a family-friendly festival of live music and local food at the Rochester Recreation Reserve.

Organised by community members with support from local sporting clubs and organisations, the event is an opportunity for locals to reunite and celebrate the spirit of the Rochester community.

In the Loddon Valley, Whole Loddon Love will see Dan Kelly, Felicity Cripps Band, Queenie and Jess Parker perform over two weekends in October in local halls and hotels in Boort, Pyramid Hill, Newbridge, Bridgewater, and Baringhup.

Marking the first anniversary of major flooding in Mooroopna, a showcase of Yorta Yorta artists will perform at Ngalnin Murrangurang Ganbina (We Always Rise) in Kaieltheban Park on Sunday 15 October.

Tallarook’s historic Mechanic’s Institute will host a series of events including Deadly in the TMI, featuring Dan Sultan and Madi Colville-Walker, while Pyrenees Hideout presents Connection, with Bill Chambers, Marcus Cassells & The BAHA Collective.

More events and line-ups are still to be announced - visit the Music Victoria website for information.